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The inscription on the mug read “I don’t want to, I don’t have to; you can’t make me – I’m retired.”

The sentiment was words Monica Erickson had warned everyone would be her motto after retiring.

I'm here this morning at the breakfast table, admiring through the window our redbud tree as it transitions from a lovely candelabra of delicate, wispish pink blossoms to a soft, here-is-spring green.

DEAR DR. ROACH: A few months ago, my husband was told that his prostate cancer has returned. He now has stage 4 cancer. We asked all of his doctors (five of them!) what his prognosis is and received wildly varying answers -- everything from two months to maybe 10 years. I understand that his prognosis depends on many factors, but is there a reason his physicians can't give us a better idea? I also want very much to know if he will be in pain, and they won't give me an answer about that, either. Can you help? -- S.S.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★★★ It’s a power-play day, and your position is elevated. You see your prestige is on the rise. Suddenly you are at the head of a project. On a personal level, a relationship is hot and heavy. Tonight: Decide to make a fresh start.

DEAR DR. ROACH: A few months ago, my husband was told that his prostate cancer has returned. He now has stage 4 cancer. We asked all of his doctors (five of them!) what his prognosis is and received wildly varying answers -- everything from two months to maybe 10 years. I understand that his prognosis depends on many factors, but is there a reason his physicians can't give us a better idea? I also want very much to know if he will be in pain, and they won't give me an answer about that, either. Can you help? -- S.S.

Much has changed regarding the coronavirus since both my column March 7 and my colleague Rev. Will Wilson’s column March 14. Cases and deaths have increased. Markets have gone even lower. Food and other supplies are scarcer. Restrictions are tighter. More churches have completely shut-down or gone completely online.

DEAR DR. ROACH: A few months ago, my husband was told that his prostate cancer has returned. He now has stage 4 cancer. We asked all of his doctors (five of them!) what his prognosis is and received wildly varying answers -- everything from two months to maybe 10 years. I understand that his prognosis depends on many factors, but is there a reason his physicians can't give us a better idea? I also want very much to know if he will be in pain, and they won't give me an answer about that, either. Can you help? -- S.S.

The inscription on the mug read “I don’t want to, I don’t have to; you can’t make me – I’m retired.”

The sentiment was words Monica Erickson had warned everyone would be her motto after retiring.

A celebration of life was held for Kilgore artist Anup Bhandari in the Texan Theater Saturday morning. The artist, who died last week, was honored with songs, shared memories, a slideshow and displays of his artwork as his friends and family gathered to share tears and laughter as they recal…

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★ ★ ★ An authority figure challenges you on a topic close to your heart. The discussion is cleared by the end of the day and your mood lightens. Check your budget before planning your evening. Tonight: Have some well-deserved fun.

DEAR DR. ROACH: A few months ago, my husband was told that his prostate cancer has returned. He now has stage 4 cancer. We asked all of his doctors (five of them!) what his prognosis is and received wildly varying answers -- everything from two months to maybe 10 years. I understand that his prognosis depends on many factors, but is there a reason his physicians can't give us a better idea? I also want very much to know if he will be in pain, and they won't give me an answer about that, either. Can you help? -- S.S.

DEAR DR. ROACH: A few months ago, my husband was told that his prostate cancer has returned. He now has stage 4 cancer. We asked all of his doctors (five of them!) what his prognosis is and received wildly varying answers -- everything from two months to maybe 10 years. I understand that his prognosis depends on many factors, but is there a reason his physicians can't give us a better idea? I also want very much to know if he will be in pain, and they won't give me an answer about that, either. Can you help? -- S.S.

In the fall of 1959 Kilgore’s 3-member city commission decided – doubtless after lots of conversation (today we’d call it consensus building) at barber shops, coffee shops and cafes – it might be time for a new city charter.

It was the year 2010 and it may have been an election year, but for me and my husband that year was far more significant in the fact both of us were diagnosed with Swine flu. No, we were not around pigs as most would think. However, we were in the food industry with a lot of people coming an…

DEAR DR. ROACH: A few months ago, my husband was told that his prostate cancer has returned. He now has stage 4 cancer. We asked all of his doctors (five of them!) what his prognosis is and received wildly varying answers -- everything from two months to maybe 10 years. I understand that his prognosis depends on many factors, but is there a reason his physicians can't give us a better idea? I also want very much to know if he will be in pain, and they won't give me an answer about that, either. Can you help? -- S.S.

I turn the “big 5-0” this year, which means I’m at imminent risk of slipping into a midlife crisis.  Some of my friends and fellow AARP invitees are already deep in the throes of “manopause” and have become objects of pity and ridicule–and not just from their wives.  I plan to avoid that sad fate, which all too often goes viral on social media, and be prepared when my crisis hits–or bursts from my chest cavity,  grows into a hideous alien creature with hair implants, and tries to destroy my dignity and bank account.

Retirement and assisted living communities in Kilgore celebrated Fat Tuesday at the beginning of Mardi Gras season this week with a variety of foods and activities.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  You significantly evaluate an investment. Your intuition might be putting up a warning sign that could cause an internal conflict. Slowing down and not immediately committing to a certain path of action would be reasonable. Tonight: Make it your treat.

A poll out this week suggests that less than 80 percent of U.S. Roman Catholics believe in the devil and that, of those, less than 80 percent (about 62 percent of the whole) believe the devil is not merely a personification or a symbol of evil but actually a fallen angel. Yet even those numbers are better than the quarter of American Christians surveyed more than a decade ago who said that they totally accepted the Bible’s teaching about the devil.

DEAR DR. ROACH: A few months ago, my husband was told that his prostate cancer has returned. He now has stage 4 cancer. We asked all of his doctors (five of them!) what his prognosis is and received wildly varying answers -- everything from two months to maybe 10 years. I understand that his prognosis depends on many factors, but is there a reason his physicians can't give us a better idea? I also want very much to know if he will be in pain, and they won't give me an answer about that, either. Can you help? -- S.S.

Whether it was a little bit of sunshine within seemingly everlasting days of rain or simply knowing Daylight Savings Time will be here in nine days (March 8) and Spring will begin in 21 days (March 19), there was a flourish of activity in Kilgore this last week.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)★★★★ You might be quite assertive, but your mind keeps taking you to distant lands and topics not in sync with the events around you. You might need to address an issue in order to clear your mind. Tonight: As you wish.

DEAR DR. ROACH: A few months ago, my husband was told that his prostate cancer has returned. He now has stage 4 cancer. We asked all of his doctors (five of them!) what his prognosis is and received wildly varying answers -- everything from two months to maybe 10 years. I understand that his prognosis depends on many factors, but is there a reason his physicians can't give us a better idea? I also want very much to know if he will be in pain, and they won't give me an answer about that, either. Can you help? -- S.S.

They say a good friend will give you the shirt on their back, but two young Kilgoreites went one step further this week: donating the hair on their head to strangers in need.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  Getting you to slow down might not be easily accomplished. You alone can decide when enough is enough. Friends and loved ones surround you, and clearly a loved one wants extra time with you. Make it so. Tonight: A secret is suddenly revealed.

DEAR DR. ROACH: A few months ago, my husband was told that his prostate cancer has returned. He now has stage 4 cancer. We asked all of his doctors (five of them!) what his prognosis is and received wildly varying answers -- everything from two months to maybe 10 years. I understand that his prognosis depends on many factors, but is there a reason his physicians can't give us a better idea? I also want very much to know if he will be in pain, and they won't give me an answer about that, either. Can you help? -- S.S.

Never judge a book by its cover nor the price when it comes to the gift of teaching. And what a gift it is to be able to hone in on that skill of piquing another’s imagination to teach life-long lessons, especially to youth.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★★ You tend to approach situations in a traditional manner. You could decide to be more avant-garde in your ideas, and that too will work. You seem destined for success if you do not deceive yourself about certain facts. Tonight: Where your friends are.

DEAR DR. ROACH: A few months ago, my husband was told that his prostate cancer has returned. He now has stage 4 cancer. We asked all of his doctors (five of them!) what his prognosis is and received wildly varying answers -- everything from two months to maybe 10 years. I understand that his prognosis depends on many factors, but is there a reason his physicians can't give us a better idea? I also want very much to know if he will be in pain, and they won't give me an answer about that, either. Can you help? -- S.S.